High school football players, students braving August heat


    Hours in the heat... drilling, running, conditioning - all of this in our hottest month of the year. (SBG Photo)

    SAN ANTONIO - August means two things in South Texas; the return of high school football and sizzling hot temperatures!

    As two a days and band practices start, thousands of kids will be exposed to this summer heat. So what steps are being taken to keep everyone safe?

    Hours in the heat... drilling, running, conditioning - all of this in our hottest month of the year.

    Bruce McCrary, the Athletic Programs Coordinator for SAISD explains, "First of all the number one priority for all of our coaches is student safety. And so they've all had first aide training, all of our athletic trainers are certified in first aide."

    Today it's all about hydration.

    "We have water available for them at any time, we never restrict any of the water for them. And then we have scheduled water breaks every 20-30 minutes depending on the temperature, the time of day and what sport it is," says McCrary.

    Hydration is key for you little ones too because it's important to get outside for exercise.

    George Perez, with Public Health Emergency Preparedness says, "You can incorporate that with some type of water exercise, I know when we were growing up we did water balloon fights, play in the sprinkler, have a small tub for them to cool them down in."

    Mr. Perez says take them out early and late in the evening.

    "Cool them down, you can use a cool towel, a misting bottle, those type of things, make sure that you add the sunscreen."

    Plus grab hats and sunglasses. Some mom's we spoke to know exactly what to do.

    "We go out early in the morning, we wear sunscreen, and we pack out water and we find shaded spots when we're out and about," says Ashley out with her 2 year old daughter.

    School bands will also be practicing for hours in the heat over the next few weeks and they'll also be following the same heat safety guidelines.


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